16 APRIL 1965

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Canon Collins Bidet Jennings Murray KempIon Charles Reid Andrew Sinclair

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— Portrait of the Week-- JUST AS HIS INCOMES POLICY received

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an official go- ahead, and was rebuffed by five unions in the first week, Mr. Brown found the strain of 'tiredness' too great, and was ordered to rest after Easter. His Shadow,...

The Outside Chance

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M R. CALLAGHAN'S sturdy defence of the pound has been the one bright point in a cheerless week for the British economy. The trade figures published on Tuesday have shown that...


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Friday April 16 1965

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MICHAEL SELZER writes from Jerusalem: Jerusalem is a metaphor as

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well as a geographi- cal location; and the meaning of that metaphor --purifying, holy, challenging—is inescapably present in the town itself. Jerusalem itself is a very quiet,...


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Johnson's Sixth Sense MURRAY KEMPTON writes from New York: It is Mr. Johnson's habit to talk the same way about cases where the morality is, to say the least, complicated as...


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Crisis in Gibraltar ANTHONY BURGESS • The Two Faces of V. I. Lenin GEORGE KATKOV Otte year's subscription to the 'Spectator' costs , £3 5s. (including postage) by surface...

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Business Lunch

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Oh weary, weary grinds the crunch Of business chairmen chewing lunch. Though all must come to lunch, one finds They are of two distinctive kinds. Bright, laughing, red of face...

CONGO Phase Two

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AARON SEGAL writes froin Leopoldville : Prime Minister Tshombe has apparently succeeded in his initial aim_ of using the mer- cenaries and Congolese Army troops to seal the...

Political Commentag

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Thoughts on the Race Bill By ALAN WATKINS The country is good for those who possess it, and too bad for others to be at the charge to conquer it. The air might be wholesome...

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Letter to Mr. Denis Healey

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By CANON L. JOHN COLLINS T MUST admit that I am disappointed. As a 'Christian Socialist, I joined the Labour Party because I supposed that, if in power, it would try to apply...

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Or, Was the Readiness All? By KEITH KYLE C't itsfcE self-government, Ghana has had sym- k3bolic importance as the first Black African colony to become a state. Arguments which...

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Indoor Games I'm sorry I shall not be going to

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Houston. Murray Kempion tells us that the local baseball team is no longer playing its matches out of doors. This summer Astros will play all its home games in a stadium covered...

Spectator's Notebook

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I FEAR that the Government's Race Relations Bill is a piece not so much of legislation as of political skywriting. Everyone of course under- stands and respects the idealism of...

King Willow Spring, and warmth, and my membership card for

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the Oval, arrived together one day last week. By the time you read this I will be in America, and by the time I return from a short visit cricket will be here again. This year...

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Spring Cleaning One would think that the advantages of going

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to an agency for a cleaner are that they would always send someone competent and that come sickness or disaster or any of the other things that seem to keep cleaners away...

Who Pays?

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In two respects I find the budget has left a feeling of distaste which has nothing to do with political disagreement. To take the lesser matter first, I think there is a...

The Press

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Randolph Writes Again By CHRISTOPHER BOOKER y AST August Mr. Randolph Churchill began LA series of columns for the Queen magazine, under the title 'Randolph Writes.' His first...

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Rights and Privileges

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SIR, —You have said, qua ()noodle. that although you detest my ideas you will defend to the death my right to express them. I will take you at your word—not literally, but...

Appomattox, April 9, 1865

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Slit,—Allen Tate's 'peroration' on Appomattox was a breath bf fresh mountain air after the many dull sociological studies which have been published on racial conditions in the...

`The Critics'

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SIR.—In his rather jolly account of our telephone conversation. Mr. Alan Brien forgets to mention my telling him—quite clearly—that I did not wish Norman Mailer's An American...


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From : L. Sefton, D. G. Bridson, Frederick Rosen, Frank Hodgson, With Frischauer, 1. 0. Bailie, William Warbey, MP. After TSR-2 S',----The destiny of an invaluable British...

Britain and Germany

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SIR,-111 is dangerous as well as stupid nonsense to say, as Miss Gainham does from her observation post in darkest Bonn, that 'nobody on the continent takes Britain seriously,'...

John Bull's Six Counties

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SIR,-1 am astonished that such a responsible journal as the Spectator should publish without proper sub- stantiation such an allegation as that in your issue of April 2 last. A...

The New Samaritan

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SIR,—We have now—recorded on the occasion of Labour's sit-up strike against Mr. Ncave's Bill to pay the old-age pension to men and women of an average age of eighty-four, who...

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'Frau Majolica' and Friends By CHARLES REID A vi Lit their first joint production at Covent IAGarden in 1920, when mankind hadn't really begun to fathom Puccini, the three...

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THEATRE Mysteries

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The Wakefield Mystery Plays. (Mermaid.)-- La Bugiarda. (Cornpagnia ddi GioVani at the Aldwych.) T HE `mystery' of the mediwval mystery plays doesn't refer to the divine truths...

CINEMA Not in the Book

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The Greatest Story Ever Told. (Casino Cinerama Theatre, `IJ' certificate.) A A BOY at a school I know of drew a picture ,.not long ago of the Flight into Egypt. Jesus, Mary and...

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Thoughts After Wembley E el "ENGLAND'S heroism in the second half in due honour. But what about the other side of the picture? Scotland failed depressingly against a side of...

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BOOKS Prophet of the Apocalypse

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By ANDREW SINCLAIR `Vou certainly know P. Breughel's huge Mad- 1 men's Fair,' Louis-Ferdinand Cline wrote to Leon Daudet in 1932. 'The whole problem is nowhere else , . . I...

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WE are lucky indeed that Dame Edith Sitwell completed her autobiography shortly before her death. In many ways, it is a unique book : a series of witty remarks about poetry,...

Vegas Confidential

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The Green Felt Jungle. By Ed Reid and Ovid Demaris, (Heinemann, 25s.) The Big Wheel. By George W. Herald and Edward D. Radin. (Hale, 18s.) NOT until deposited in a barrack-room...

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Dragon Rampant?

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World Communism—The Disintegration of a Secular Faith. By Richard Lowenthal. (0.U.P., 42s.) The Communism of Mao Tse-tung. By Arthur A. Cohen. (Chicago U.P., 37s. 6d.) Communist...

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Dreams, Obsessions

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Starting from Tomorrow. By Tony Gray. (Heinemann, 21s.) A Green Tree in Gedde. By Alan Sharp. (Michael Joseph, 25s.) THE short stories of Mr. Donleavy resemble dreams; scenes...

The Little Giant Rides Again

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Waiting fa the End. By Leslie A. Fidler. (Cape, 30s.) LESLIE FIEDLER, former enfant terrible of American criticism, has done it again with his latest, Waiting for the End. This...

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Living with Mr. Callaghan By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT Min! popular idea of the City is a square mile of top-hatted capitalists waddling from one expense-account lunch to another. The...


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(pat Prize, Ajedrez Espariol, 1948) BLACK (12 men) WHITE (9 men) WHITE to play and mate in two moves; solution next week. Solution to No. 225 (Heathcote): Q—Kt 5, threat Q—K...

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Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY B RITISH WAGON pursues its policy of con- tinued expansion in extending its interests into Australia and into the industrial plant at home. New business increased...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS T HE Stock Exchange's first reactions to the budget were perhaps difficult for the layman to understand. The rise in equity prices was due to a very small amount of...

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Choc a Block

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By LESLIE ADRIAN Not that there are many competing groups in the block choc business today. Cadbury and Fry belong to the British Cocoa and Chocolate Company, Rowntree seem to...


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Another Part of the Forest By STR1X IF somebody told you that the average annual loss of farmland in England and Wales today was twice as great as it was in the years • before...

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SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD No. 1165 ACROSS.-1 Temperatures. 9 Matu- tinal.

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10 Agent. 11 Ladles. 12 Switches. 13 Rights. 15 Mustangs. IS Maladies. 19 Can•can. 21 Nose-ring. 23 Person. 26 Adept. 27 Recalling. 28 Demon- strated. DOWN.-1 Templar. 2 Mated....


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By ALAN BRIEN WHENEVER I ask myself (as 1 do every Wednesday morning in the Spectator office and every Friday morning in the Sunday Telegraph office) why I am a journalist, why...


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It lz. 11 . It . lg . ACROSS I. Poetic justice for eating for- bidden fruit (8, 4) 9 . The feline infant who had trouble with his buttons in the tale (3, 6) Enter, becoming...